My Next Big Thing: Magick by Moonrise

I’ve been tagged to participate in The Next Big Thing, a round of "musical chairs" for authors excited to share new releases with our readers. 

 My Next Big Thing is my March 2013 release for Harlequin’s Carina line—the launch book for The Magick Trilogy.  

Without further ado, here’s my Next Big Thing!

 1: What is the working title of your book?

Magick by Moonrise

 2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve always been a huge fan of fantasy author Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, which tells the story of King Arthur from the perspective of the women in his life.  As in Bradley’s series, I started to wonder what would happen if a “shadow kingdom” existed alongside Tudor England, a Faerie kingdom that drifts beside the mortal world, separated only by a fragile Veil or curtain of fog—and then the Veil started to thin.  If Tudor England and the Faerie kingdom collided, what would happen?  

To make matters worse, what if this mortal turmoil mirrored a growing discontent among the ranks of angels in Heaven?  And the punishment for these fallen angels was to be condemned to a mortal life? 

These ideas gave me the inspiration for The Magick Trilogy, which features Faeries, celestial beings, legendary figures from King Arthur’s Camelot and real historical figures from Tudor England.

 3: What genre does your book come under?

Historical paranormal romance.  Great for fans of Tudor fiction and sexy historical romance, lovers of fallen angel heroes and King Arthur’s Camelot.

 4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

My hero, ruthless Church Inquisitor Lord Beltran Nemesto, would be perfectly played by Daniel Craig. 

For my heroine, ethereal half-Fae princess and healer Rhiannon le Fay, I’d choose Emilia Clarke, who plays the dragon princess Dani in Game of Thrones.

 5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When Tudor England and the Faerie kingdom collide, the players risk all for power. But only love can save them.

 6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I write for Harlequin/Carina and love it!  My agent is the amazing JD DeWitt at The View Literary Agency.

 7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It used to take me a year to write a book, but I’ve been picking up the pace! Magick by Moonrise took me six months.


8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

For fantasy fans, I think my work has similarities to Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel books and Bradley’s Mists of Avalon.  For historical fans, my Tudor fiction has flatteringly been compared to the work of Philippa Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl).  For romance fans, Magick by Moonrise is a cross between Laura Kinsale’s For My Lady’s Heart and Bertrice Small’s Skye O’Malley.


9: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you like the idea of fallen angel heroes, royal heroines who descend from King Arthur of Camelot, and Tudor queens with Faerie blood, this series is for you!


10:  How can readers get their hands on Magick by Moonrise?

Right here!

I’d like to thank bestselling author Leigh Michaels for tagging me to participate in The Next Big Thing. Click the links below to find out more about Leigh’s latest sexy Regency-period historical, The Birthday Scandal.


Facebook: Leigh Michaels

Twitter: @leighmichaels





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I judged this manuscript last year for the Pacific Northwest Wriwters Association contest and was delighted to see it place first in the Romance category. I'm so glad Carina picked it up and even more happy that I only have to wait one more month to read the rest of the story.  ha ha. 

Thank you Laura!



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